Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women at 150 (1811)

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Twenty-eighteen is the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s ­Little Women, and it will be marked by international celebrations of the classic American book, the author, the four sisters, and the many film and stage versions of the March family saga. Written for girls, it has influenced writers from Simone de Beauvoir to Joyce Carol Oates, and women in every field and nation. We’ll look at the novel from the perspective of the present, and discuss the reasons for its extraordinary popularity and longevity, as well as the various adaptations and spin-offs it has inspired.

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Reading Schedule:
January 22: “Introduction,” and Little Women, Part I
January 29: Little Women, Part II

Elaine Showalter is Professor Emerita of English and Avalon Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University. She has written ten books, from A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing (1977) to The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Specializing in 19th and 20th century American and British literature, she has a longstanding interest in contemporary fiction, popular culture, and the arts, and has written about everything from fiction to fashion for newspapers, magazines, and journals in the U.S. and the U.K.

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Little Women (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Elaine Showalter (Editor), Elaine Showalter (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140390698
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 1989